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The sweetness of the Basque Country

The Basque Country offers bewitching beauty and an incomparable sweetness of life. Its picturesque landscapes are an invitation to escape. Outdoor activities abound in this unspoilt region. Hiking enthusiasts will find what they are looking for with the many trails to be explored on foot or by bike, in particular the famous GR10 and the Chemin de Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle. Thrill-seekers can embark on rafting adventures, while cycling enthusiasts can explore the winding roads offering breathtaking panoramas. Horse lovers can indulge in horseback riding, while the rivers and lakes invite you to swim and fish. In autumn, mushroom picking is a popular activity. The inland Basque Country is a real paradise for nature lovers and adventurers looking for new experiences.

The typical villages

The Basque Country is full of typical villages that will transport you to a world of authenticity. Espelette, famous for its pepper and its white houses with red half-timberings, offers a picturesque atmosphere. Cambo-les-Bains seduces with its spa architecture, its magnificent exotic garden and the Villa Arnaga, home of Edmond Rostand. The other villages like Ainhoa, Sare and Saint-Jean-de-Luz reveal cobbled streets, centuries-old churches and a warm atmosphere. Each of these villages offers a unique insight into Basque culture, with its traditions, gastronomy and landscapes.

The Aldudes Valley

Nestled in the heart of the Basque Country, the Aldudes Valley offers an enchanting landscape. With its green meadows, winding rivers and majestic peaks, this valley is a true haven of peace. Nature lovers can indulge in hiking, fishing or simply get lost in the tranquility of this natural setting.

The Gorges of Kakuetta and the Gorges of Olzarte

These Gorges are two natural wonders to discover. The Kakuetta Gorges offer a spectacular steep-sided gorge, embellished with waterfalls and caves. As for the Gorges d'Olzarte, they reveal wild landscapes, ideal for lovers of adventure. These two sites offer unique experiences in the heart of unspoiled nature.

The Cave of Sare and the Cave of Oxocelhaya

The Grotte de Sare, with its stalactites and stalagmites, offers a captivating underground journey. As for the Cave of Oxocelhaya, it seduces with its unique geological formations and its mysterious atmosphere. These caves offer an immersive experience in the underground world, witnesses of the natural and geological wealth of the Basque Country.

Natural sites

The region is full of natural sites, such as the majestic Iraty forest and the Roncesvalles pass. The Iraty forest, one of the largest forests in Europe, offers green landscapes suitable for hiking. The Col de Roncesvalles, meanwhile, offers breathtaking panoramas of the mountains, constituting an emblematic passage on the Way of Santiago de Compostela.

The Basque Coast

The Basque Coast, located an hour away, is a must-see destination. With its sandy beaches, its seaside resorts like Biarritz and Saint-Jean-de-Luz, and its surf spots, the Basque Coast offers an idyllic setting for relaxing, swimming and enjoying the Atlantic Coast. This proximity allows you to combine the discovery of the Basque Country with moments of relaxation by the sea.

The Spanish border

Located just 7 km from the first Spanish village, Pamplona, Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port enjoys privileged proximity to Spain. This geographical location offers visitors the opportunity to easily discover the cultural, gastronomic and historical riches of our Spanish neighbours, thus adding an international dimension to their stay.

Local producers

To fully discover the Basque Country, we give you an appointment with local producers: